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, distinguished service cross, bronze star, purple hea heart, left an arm in italy. a. as he said to me that last meeting we had together, "anything other than the arm?" i got shot in the arm and in the leg a couple times sm. we will all miss him, and that's a gross understatement. i wish i were capable of saying more, but i -- that's all i can say is that i've talked to his wife irene. she's there with his son, and i've known for a few hours that this wasn't working out well with senator inouye. but he is certainly one of the giants of the senate. remember what he said. he told his son when asked why he fought the way he did after having been declared an enemy alien, he said, he did it for the children. that's senator inouye. his commitment to our nation will never be surpassed. his service in the senate will be with the greats of this body. now, i could ask my friend if he wishes to speak on this issue. it would be my hope that the two votes that are scheduled, that we could do both of these judges by voice vote. i don't think it's appropriate to have a recorded vote at this time. so i'd ask un
's highest military medal for action in italy. as a member of the senate, senator inouye continued his fierce defense of his state in his partnership with alaska. my preye predecessor, ted steve, knew senator inouye as his brother. they worked together and produced much good for both our states. that will last for generations. when i was elected to this office, senator inouye was one of the first members to reach out to me to ask how he could help. the unique thing about senator inouye was always his quiet approach to all the issues. he provided me quiet advice and helped me learn how this place works. many times i'd be down here at the podium and in the well here waiting for the vote to be tallied or members to vote, and snon senator inouye was come in, stand at the edge there and look up and just say, how's it going, alaska? and we would have a brief conversation and usually his words were land incredible insight -- it may not even be relevant to the topic that we were voting on, but he'd say something to me about something he knew i was working on. and he would just share a few words. i kn
for broke regiment. he saw combat in italy and southern france and was badly wounded during an engagement for which he was awarded the distinguished service cross. which was later upgraded to the medal of honor. our highest award for military valor. with financial assistance from the g.i. bill, inouye graduated from university of hawaii and the george washington university law school. when hawaii became a state on august 21, 1959, annual in a way at one election to the united states house of representatives as a new states congressman. later elected to the united states senate in 1962, he is currently serving his eighth term in the united states and. >> in our earlier and abuse in this series, other people we have spoken to have talked about the first time they were sworn in as a member of congress. in 1959, he became the first member from hawaii. what was that like when you were first on the floor of the house of representatives? >> well, i spent some time in washington before this, as you know. i went to law school, but i've never been on the floor of the chamber. and so it was an aweso
in a wheelchair. on april 14, 1969, the same date he was injured in the hills of italy 24 years earlier, he made his maiden speech on the topic of americans with disabilities. in every legislative initiative since then, bob dole has been a leader on behalf of people with disabilities. bills like the rehabilitation act of 1973, the individuals with disabilities education act, idea, the developmental disabilities act and the americans with disabilities act. he was responsible for including people with disabilities in the telecommunications act of 1996, and for ensuring that people with disabilities are part of the state department's annual report on human rights around the world. after leaving this chamber, bob dole prompted the congress to pass the ticket to work and work incentives act of 1999, breakthrough legislation on health care and employment for people with disabilities. this past year, he has been instrumental in working with the administration and congress to ensure bipartisan support for the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities to reflect american leadership and values
country fully fully, over in italy, and losing an arm, such a hero, storming several german machine gunner nests, and so brave because he was an american, he was fighting for his country. some may have mentioned or some might in the future mention danny's statement to many of us that went to a prayer breakfast a few months ago. dan didn't ever go to any prayer breakfasts. but he went to one and he wanted to explain why he did something. and it was one of the more touching moments in my memory here is when danny went through a bit of his life, explaining how he was in hawaii, in a foster home, orphanage, something similar to that and a bishop would come by monthly with each of the young children and say what can i do for you, young lady, young man and deap right away said i want a home. he explained how he went to live in the bishop's home raised by nuns and that went a long way to help danny appreciate and understand decency, working together in community, and it metropolitan a lot to him. and later then pearl harbor and he wanted to sign up and serve. but when he explained all this to us,
been working since he was 10 years old in naples italy. --turning 75 any >>guest: he has been making custom suits for men for 50 years now. the quality was very important to me because my father was a judge and came in and wanted to touch everything and see how everything was stitched and sewn because he wanted to make was making quality products. >>host: you launched in september and i remember the anticipation. i up in new york with diana and we were looking for to this line launching. the price does not reflect in terms of the quality and the fit. you will with one purchase and in your collection has begun. nd wear now and as you said you will wear it every season afterwards. >>guest: absolutely think you will wear to a holiday dinner or christmas or a office and this is guerin spring as well with the pair of jeans. -- spring as well with the pair of jeans. >>guest:to make clothing that looks fresh and on trend but is it if the piece is trendy i am going to tell you to go to the mall and buy it for 12 bucks and throw it away after the season because it is not a point of the goo
that is remarkable about the life of dan inouye. the story of his service on the battlefields of italy, --, is indeed remarkable, the physical courage that he displayed in winning the medal of honor is alone enough to earn the title hero. but rising above his physical courage and the guts that he showed is the moral courage that it took for dan inouye and his fellow japanese americans to even set foot on that battlefield. what is it that spurs some of our countrymen to offer their lives in defense of a country that shuns them? where does that love of country come from? and how can we impart some of it to those who too often take this country for granted? it would be a wonderful tribute to dan inouye to seek out ways to encourage such service by future generations. dan inouye's work did not end when he took office -- off his soldier's union you uniform. in many ways, it was just beginning. forced by the loss of his arm to give up dreams of a medical career, he entered politics. his was one of the most remarkable careers of public service that our country has ever seen. we will miss dan inouye so much
disabled. his actions on 21, april, 1945, in italy were a towering example of strength, of stamina, courage and determination. for which he received one of the 21 medals of honor awarded to go for broke soldiers. dan inouye and other veterans returned from war having achieved something monumental, something, as we say, larger than themselves. and they sensed they had earned the right to take larger roles in their communities. they also came home tolerant of views and politics different than their own, a sentiment born of the intolerance they had experienced after pearl harbor but more keenly felt after the horrors they witnessed in liberating dakow. and they understood the importance of good citizenship, of fair play, hard work, of respect for others and for other flag. for our flag. i had relatives who, like dan inouye, served in these storied units. characteristic of them all was rarely if ever speaking about what they had done in the war. and from them my generation learned to find virtue and humility and a nobility of hard work and the value of family and the can confidence that we -- a
a right hand at that point. he'd left it knitly, fighting for -- he'd left it in italy, fighting for this country. he broke barriers large and small throughout his life. but one of the things i loved about him was i saw that relationship with ted stevens. i still remember their desks were right across the aisle from one another. i remember them working and working and working together an owl kinds of legislation -- on all kinds of legislation. and they were brothers. and, you know, their love and friendship transcended partisan divide certainly, but also really they were totally for the national interest. and i think they set a great example for all of us, how we can work together. they didn't always agree. if you look at their voting record, they voted opposite each other a lot of times, but they worked together and they had an exemplary relationship that i think we can all follow. mr. president, i just want to say one or two more words. then i know i have other colleagues here that want to speak. we had senator inouye come to the senate prayer breakfast a few months ago. for th
, in the hill country of italy in a moment of such personal sacrifice and remarkable bravery as to humble any who hear its details. in his service over decades after that moment, he proved what he showed forth on that battlefield -- that danny inouye believed in america even before america believed in him. that even in a moment of such immense injustice in this country, this man's great heart, his aloha spirit, his embrace of the american dream, even in the moment when it was made most bitterly unreal, to thousands of people across this country of japanese ancestry, he led us forward, he pulled us into the greatness that is meant for this country. so the star of senator inouye may have dimmed in this chamber, this chamber that is surrounded in its border by stars, but, mr. president, as i share with you the daily honor of presiding over this chamber, i will in the days and months and years ahead looking to our flag remember that this senator, who represented the 50th state, the state of hawaii, from its very first moment of joining the flags -- joining the stars on our flag in statehood, he s
fortifications in northern italy. the valor, courage, selflessness and determination that he displayed during the battle are the stuff of legend. and this would later earn him the congressional medal of honor. during this attack, he sustained serious permanent injuries that served as a constant reminder of his sacrifice for our country. senator inouye began his political career as a member of a wise territorial house of representatives -- as a member of hawaii's territorial house of representatives in 1954. almost immediately his colleagues tapped him as the majority leader of that body. his tremendous leadership ability was already apparent then. he then ascended to the territorial senate in 1958 and became hawaii's first u.s. congressman with the tkpwrafpbgt statehood in 19 -- granting of statehood in 1959. three years later he became a member of the u.s. senate elected a staggering nine consecutive terms, continuing to serve until his death this week. i believe his effectiveness as a senator and his devotion to his state that no challenger ever mounted a serious threat for his seat. throug
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